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Celestron AstroMaster-70 AZ 2.7"/70mm Refractor Telescope Kit

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Value $10.95
B&H # CEAM70AZ Mfr # 21061
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You Pay: $101.64
Product Highlights
  • 900mm f/12.8 Achromatic Refractor
  • Manual Altazimuth Mount

The Celestron AstroMaster-70 is a very good telescope for beginners. It is ideal for both terrestrial and celestial applications. The AstroMaster-70 offers multi-coated glass optics to allow clear and crisp images. This refractor model can also be used for astrophotography with an appropriate T-Mount adapter. It comes with a rugged pre-assembled tripod, 10mm and 20mm eyepieces and a permanent mounted Starpointer finder scope to easily locate heavenly objects.

Permanently mounted StarPointer
Erect Image Optic ideal for terrestrial and astronomical use
Quick release dovetail attachment
Pan handle Alt-Az control with clutch for smooth and accurate pointing
Rugged, pre-assembled tripod with 1.25" steel tube legs provides a rigid and stable platform
All coated glass optics for clear, crisp images
Deluxe accessory tray for convenient storage of accessories
"The Sky" Level 1 planetarium software with 10,000 object database and enhanced images
Optical Design Achromatic refractor
Optical Lens Diameter 2.6" (70mm)
Focal Length 900mm
Focal Ratio f/12.9
Maximum Useful Magnification 130x
Resolving Power Not Specified by Manufacturer
Optical Tube Dimensions Not Specified by Manufacturer
Mount Type Altazimuth
Eyepiece Barrel Diameter 1.25"
Finderscope Mounted StarPointer
Tripod 1.25" steel tube legs
Motor No
GO-TO Capability No
PC Compatible No
Power Source None
Weight 18.0 lbs (8.16kg)
Celestron AstroMaster-70 AZ 2.7"/70mm Refractor Telescope Kit
  • StarPointer Finderscope
  • 20mm Eyepiece 1.25" (45x magnification)
  • 10mm Eyepiece 1.25" (90x magnification)
  • Diagonal
  • Tripod and Accessory Tray
  • 2-Year Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    CelestronAstroMaster-70 AZ 2.7"/70mm Refractor Telescope Kit
     
    4.0

    (based on 9 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

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    • 4 Stars

       

      (5)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Strong construction (6)
    • Accurate (4)
    • Easy to use (3)
    • Quality lenses (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Astronomy (8)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Casual/ recreational (8)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes (5)

      Reviewed by 9 customers

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      5.0

      AstroMaster-70 AZ 2.7"/70mm Refractor Te

      By LB

      from Boston

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Astronomy

        Comments about Celestron AstroMaster-70 AZ 2.7"/70mm Refractor Telescope Kit:

        Gave it to my husband last night for his birthday. He was so excited and had it outside within 30 minutes of opening the box. We both looked at the craters on the moon in awe.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes

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        3.0

        Impressed with Entry Level Scope

        By freddie cayman

        from Oakland, CA

        About Me Casual/ Recreational

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Lightweight
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Astronomy

          Comments about Celestron AstroMaster-70 AZ 2.7"/70mm Refractor Telescope Kit:

          Bought this telescope for my 6 yr old God Son's birthday. He loves it. The moons of Jupiter and the rings of Saturn really excited him. For an entry level scope, I highly recommend this one for the kids!

          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes

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          4.0

          Very pleased, more than what I expected.

          By jim

          from Chambersburg, Pa.

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Quality Lenses
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Astronomy

            Comments about Celestron AstroMaster-70 AZ 2.7"/70mm Refractor Telescope Kit:

            This was a Christmas gift for the grandchildren. The whole experience from the research of the product to the ease of the web site to receiving the product in short time was a blessing. I can not express what a positive experience this was.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes

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            4.0

            Quality telescope / Good deal

            By amateur

            from New York

            About Me Casual/ Recreational

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy assembly
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

            • Heavy

            Best Uses

            • Astronomy

            Comments about Celestron AstroMaster-70 AZ 2.7"/70mm Refractor Telescope Kit:

            I bought this for my Dad for his birthday. I was impressed by all the material included with the telescope and the quality of the telescope's construction. Good deal for amateur's telescope.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes

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            (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Amazing Quality and Performance !

            By Naturelover

            from Fort Worth, TX

            About Me Avid Adventurer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Accurate
            • Great performance
            • Great Value
            • Portable
            • Quality Lenses
            • Sturdy Mount

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Astronomy
              • Bird Watching

              Comments about Celestron AstroMaster-70 AZ 2.7"/70mm Refractor Telescope Kit:

              I have a large 10" Dobsonian and a also a 5" Newtonion EQ. I bought the Astromaster 70 telescope because I was intrigued with having a classic refractor that was small and lightweight. This has since become my favorite telescope and I use it all the time. Despite what self-proclaimed 'experts' may lead you to believe on the internet a small refractor is not a 'toy' telescope and in the hands of someone that knows what they are doing you can have a lot of fun viewing hundreds of celestial objects with this scope. It is not just for planets and the moon! You can view most if not all of the Messier Objects under the right conditions with this 70mm telescope! You may learn to be very happy with it and never need a bigger scope. It just depends on what your astronomical ambitions are.

              The tripod itself is worth the price of the scope! The mount is all solid cast metal, it is smooth and stable. The objective lens is fully coated and of superb quality for this price range. Because the Focal length is a long F13 this scope beats out many 'fast' scopes of equal lens quality. The views through this scope are crisp and vivid and even a full moon shows very little chromatic aberration. I had no trouble using the finder scope, if you know what you are doing the red dot finder scope works well also. The focuser tube is plastic but its of good quality and contains a baffle to reduce unwanted reflections. The tube is seamless aluminum with a beautiful dark metallic blue paint.

              I did make some small modifications that enhanced the performance of this telescope. I painted the inside of the dew shield a flat non reflective black because the plastic was a bit reflective. I got a non-reflective flat black "camo" paint from the home improvement store. I also upgraded the diagonal to a high quality dielectric diagonal which reflects 99% of the light. Of course some PLOSSI eyepieces are an improvement also. I use a 25mm and a 9mm. I also painted the part of the focuser tube that is inside of the OTA flat black since it was shiny chrome, then I used a laser collimator to adjust it back to center alignment with the objective lens. Right out of the box this is a great telescope. Don't be fooled by the price, yes you CAN get a really good telescope for less then $200 even though that is not what you may read in a lot of places, it's not the 1960's anymore! This is a nice high quality instrument that will provide years of good service. Remember, Galileo unlocked some of the mysteries of the universe with a tiny telescope. Enjoy!

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              • No

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Great purchase

              By killy

              from Houston, TX

              About Me Casual/ Recreational

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy to set up
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Astronomy

                Comments about Celestron AstroMaster-70 AZ 2.7"/70mm Refractor Telescope Kit:

                Bought this telescope for the family for Christmas. My son, 8, and I absolutely love it! We spent half an hour last night looking at Jupiter and three of it's moons. Of course, it wasn't until we referenced the included software (TheSky running on Mac OS X) that we even knew what we were looking at.

                I am looking forward to taking it out where it's REALLY dark. My front lawn in Houston, TX is, obviously, not the ideal spot.

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                • Yes

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                4.0

                Very useful product

                By Abraham

                from Montreal, CANADA

                About Me Casual/ Recreational

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Accurate

                Cons

                • Poor Lens Quality

                Best Uses

                • Low Visibility

                Comments about Celestron AstroMaster-70 AZ 2.7"/70mm Refractor Telescope Kit:

                To watch the sky stars

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                3.0

                Astromaster-70

                By Josh

                from Spring Hill, FL

                About Me Casual/ Recreational

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Accurate
                • Quality Lenses
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                • Poor tightening handle

                Best Uses

                • Astronomy

                Comments about Celestron AstroMaster-70 AZ 2.7"/70mm Refractor Telescope Kit:

                I use the product for close objects such as the Moon, Venus, Mars, and Jupiter. Whats great is it so much clearer than my other telesope that I paid 3 times more for. What I don't like is the tightening handle for lateral movement, it doesn't work too great. While finding an object and then trying to lock it is pretty tough. After the handle is tightened the scope still moves and requires me to find the object again. Other than that it's a pretty good beginner scope for the price.

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Great starter telescope

                By Elizabeth

                from Washington, DC

                About Me Casual/ Recreational

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Accurate
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                • Poor Lens Quality

                Best Uses

                • Astronomy

                Comments about Celestron AstroMaster-70 AZ 2.7"/70mm Refractor Telescope Kit:

                I bought this as a present for my boyfriend who has a big interest in space and he really likes it. It's great as a starter telescope for someone who is going to use it for fun rather than a really intense hobby. It's easy to set up and gives great views of the moon, even in a city with all the light pollution. But let's just say you're not going to be calling NASA to inform them of all the comets and meteors you've identified.

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